Remember the glorious days of getting away hangover-free after a night of heavy drinking? Well, it turns out there could be a simple explanation for why you feel so much worse after drinking now that you're older: you're older. Sorry.
The way your body responds to drinking could be slowing with age and making your hangovers worse, according to a report by TIME. Though, experts believe there are several factors that influence how head-splitting your hangover could be, such as alcohol-induced dehydration, inflammation, and impurities in your beverages of choice, apparently there's no single culprit when it comes to making you feel like death the morning after. Well, other than age.
The alcohol content of what you drink and how much you drink are also key factors. Your liver breaks down alcohol into toxic chemical compounds throughout your body which causes inflammation, and potentially, that awful headache, explains Dr. Michael Oshinsky, a neuroscientist with the National Institutes of Health.